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Old 10-19-2011, 03:44 PM   #1
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I am trying out wyeasts ringwood ale yeast this weekend and their website (as well as others on this forum) recommends a diacetyl rest. My quandry is that right now my basement(where I ferment) and upstsirs are roughly the same temperature. Any suggestions on how I can raise the temp. without having to buy a fridge and temp. controller?

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Old 10-19-2011, 03:52 PM   #2
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There are a couple of ways, but the easiest is probably to wrap an electric blanket around the thing. Or if you're only going for a couple of degrees, you could maybe get away with one of those electric heating pads you get at a pharmacy. Just stick the fermenter on top of it and let the heat rise through it.

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Old 10-19-2011, 04:08 PM   #3
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I would't worry about raising the temperature--just leave it on the yeast for awhile.

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most ale fermentation temps are more than adequate for diacetyl rests. like osagedr said, just leave it on the yeast for a few extra days once fermentation is complete and they will clean up after themselves. from what ive read, diacetyl rests and raising temperature mainly applies to lagers.

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Usually ale yeast usually absorbs the diacytle fine when the temp is in the 70s, but if your fermenting colder id just keep the temp around 72ish for a few days, I only worry about it with my lagers

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Thanks for the replies everybody. I think what I'll do is primary like usuall(4 weeks) then take a hydro and taste the sample for butterscotch flavor. If its present then I will try the heating pack trick for the diacetly rest.

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There won't be any diacetyl after that long--book it. If there is raising the temperature will do nothing for you.

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